Response to consultation on Amendments to statutory guidance on assessments in lieu of test in Approved Document B (Fire Safety)

The Grenfell Tower fire has exposed the inadequacy of the system by which assurance is provided that cladding systems are safe.


Key points

  • The LGA welcomes the opportunity to comment on the use of desktop studies (sometimes referred to as assessments in lieu of test).
     
  • The Grenfell Tower fire has exposed the inadequacy of the system by which assurance is provided that cladding systems are safe.
     
  • As long as desktop studies are permitted, we cannot guarantee there will not be another Grenfell-style fire. This can only be achieved by banning the use of flammable materials on buildings over 18m.
     
  • The LGA believes desktop studies should be banned.

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